Man of Steel
by Gabriel Estrada (@MediiaGeek)
The original Superman premiered in 1978. It was the first major superhero feature film to be made and left audiences in awe. I’m a big fan of the original Superman film. The movie was groundbreaking for its time and made me believe that a man really could fly. Even when I watch the film now some 34 years later it still holds up, it’s still enjoyable, fun, and inspiring as hell. The 2006 Superman reboot Superman Returns on the other hand wasn’t as enjoyable, sure it had its moments but it was long, tedious, and not to mention boring. It’s a film you watch once and never want to see again. This all leads me up to the new Superman reboot, Man of Steel.
This past weekend Warner Bros. released two teaser trailers for Zack Snyder’s interpretation of Superman: Man of Steel. Audiences who went to see the Dark Knight Rises were also treated to one of these teaser trailers. The two Man of Steel teaser trailers released had the same footage but differ in monologues that offer advice to Clark/Kal-El by his two fathers: Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Russel Crowe as Jor-El. With shots of Clark Kent as a boy wearing a homemade red cape to a young Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) working on a fishing boat. It’s a cinematically moody and beautiful trailer that borrows much more from Terrence Malick than the action driven comic-book movies we see so much of today.
I was able to watch the full trailer released at Comic-Con. This is a far cry from any superman movie previously made. Do I hate the Man of Steel? No, quite frankly I’m actually looking forward to it. It’s one of the most anticipated films of next year and will probably beat out Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3 as the best superhero film of the year. Snyder mentioned that Man of Steel will be darker than previous Superman movies and wanted to make this movie as if the superman story has never been told. The film’s darker tone is evident in this trailer. Some might be put off by the idea of darker Superman since he is not a dark character like the Batman. I don’t think that Man of Steel will take that dark of a route, but there will obviously be dark elements to the film. We live in a different world today than we did when the previous Superman films were released and Zack Snyder makes sure the Man of Steel recognizes that. Instead of attempting to recreate the magic of the old Superman films of the 70’s & 80’s which are a bit too campy, Man of Steel tries to create its own tale of wonder. Telling the origin of Superman is essential so that we can understand this character and the world he lives in. It’s an interesting new take on Superman where we see a different Superman, a tougher Superman that gives an underlying message of hope that is much needed in this world. As Jor-El says, “You will give the people and ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.”
At the end of the Comic-con trailer Clark Kent asks if world is ready to find out who he really is. The answer to that question is yes, the world is ready for this brand new interpretation of the man of steel. This trailer gives me hope after the initial franchise ended abysmally with Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and the 2006 reboot of never really got off the ground that Snyder’s Man of Steel gives hope for a return to greatness of the Superman film franchise.